TNI's special command to combat high-intensity terrorism: Moeldoko

TNI's special command to combat high-intensity terrorism: Moeldoko

Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. (ANTARA/Bayu Prasetyo/sh)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has asserted that the Indonesian Military’s Special Operations Command (Koopsus) will crack down on high-intensity terrorism that can compromise the country's sovereignty.

"I see this form of terrorism from the spectrum of threat. As long as it can be categorized as low- to medium-intensity, it will be the police's task to handle it. However, for high-intensity terror acts that endanger the country's sovereignty, the TNI must be involved," Moeldoko remarked here on Thursday.

The former military chief noted that Law No. 5 of 2018 on the military's role in combating terrorism will necessitate a derivative regulation that determines the intensity level of the threat.

On July 3, President Joko Widodo had signed Presidential Regulation Number 42 of 2019 on the Second Amendment to Presidential Regulation Number 10 of 2010 on the Organizational Structure of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) that regulates the military's role in handling terrorism as part of its military operation apart from war.

On Tuesday (July 30), Military Chief Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto reactivated the Koopsus to combat terrorism. The TNI's Koopsus is in charge of conducting special operations and activities that necessitate swiftness and success to safeguard the nation’s interests at home and abroad.

The special command comprises the country’s elite special operations units from all three service branches, such as the Army's Special Forces (Kopassus), Jalamangkara Detachment of the Navy's Marine Corps, and Detachment Bravo-90 of the Air Force's Special Forces Corps.

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